Souper Bowl smacks of success

PUHI — Mark and Bobbie Farnsworth of Kenai, Alaska, had just finished lunch, but that didn’t matter.

When they found out they could have soup to go, they dove right into making a selection of handmade ceramic bowls so they could enjoy some Ginger Sweet Potato Soup from the luxury of their room.

“In Alaska, all the guilds have similar events,” Mark said.

“We usually attend those, but we’re here, so we’re happy to find out, the ‘Souper Sunday’ events take place here as well.”

A steady stream of patrons flowed through the Clayworks at Kilohana from the onset of the event at 11:30 a.m., enough time to allow on-site dining, or soup-to-go for a Super Bowl party destination.

On the counter behind the soup kettle, pre-orders awaited the arrival of owners.

Two of the patrons included KQNG on-air personality Ron Wiley and his wife, Laura, who were in line for the ladle.

“We’ve been here for the 10 years they’ve held this event,” Ron said. “I give it heavy plug on air because it is such a worthwhile event. Now, I’m here to enjoy the soup.”

With that, he handed over two $20 bills for his serving and adjourned to the garden area to enjoy the soup prepared by the culinary staff of Gaylord’s Restaurant.

Susan Pittman of Clayworks said only an hour after opening, they had already gone through more than 100 of the 150 bowls allocated to the event.

“It gets bigger every year,” she said. “It’s a win-win situation. Customers get a soup bowl, fabulous soup prepared by Gaylord’s, and the Kaua‘i Food Bank gets the proceeds.”

For the Farnsworths, bowl selection was a leisurely affair, listening in to the conversations of the garden diners. Then the soup was ladled, the bowls covered with foil, and it was off to enjoy the game.

• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@kauaipubco.com

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